Costa Rica | Costa Rica Birding & Birdwatching Central America | The Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots

Though relatively small in size, Costa Rica is home to one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Encompassing 6 great ecozones and +12 ecosystems Costa Rica is home to 921 species of birds, so whether in cloud forest, humid lowlands, arid mountain peaks, dry forests, mangroves, or coral reefs, birds and nature are highly accessible to visitors.

The Costa Rica’s Birding Hotspots Route is recognized by the Costa Rica Tourist Board and the Costa Rica’s Ornithologist Association. Visiting the Hotspots you will discover the very best of Costa Rica’s birds while you also support conservation programs.

Top Five Birds

  1.  Resplendent Quetzal
  2. Great Green Macaw
  3. Scarlet Macaw
  4. Coppery Headed Emerald
  5. Mangrove Hummingbird

Ethics

At Terra Incognita we support tours that do good in the world. They must help to conserve the environment, support local people, and educate their guests. Here’s what Serge Arias from Costa Rica Birding & Birdwatching Central America said to us…

What conservation activities do you support through the tour, and your wider operations?

We support programs such as: the research and conservation of the great green macaw at Selva Verde Lodge, the families of the Quetzal program in Paraiso Quetzal Lodge in the Highlands, the Path of the Macaws Biological Corridor with Macaw Lodge and the Ensenada Wildlife Refuge in the Nicoya Gulf. 

How does the tour support local people?

Giving job to local guides supporting the tours, visiting local reserves, gardens, coffee shops with feeders and small tourism projects related to birds. 

What type of environmental education activities do you incorporate into your tour?

Bird counts, cultural exchange, bird based activities as a tool for conservation in the described activities before. Stay at certified lodges with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism of the Costa Rica Tourist Board, tree planting. 

Review

“All of it was memorable. Costa Rica Birding & Birdwatching really stood out for their ethical and environmental awareness and kindness. If you’re considering this tour, go!” Alexia Fishwick – Costa Rica Birding Nov/Dec 2016.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

“My most memorable moment was seeing a resplendent quetzal a few feet away from us. Costa Rica Birding stood out for their precise organisation, safe driver/guide, how the company works closely with local communities and their flexibility with activities. Go with this company – you won’t be disappointed.”

Mandy West Birding in Costa Rica Nov 2017.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

“The whole trip left me in awe, so I am back again this year in 2018. Seeing nature so close and yet not interfering with it was amazing. My most memorable moments included the resplendent quetzals, hummingbirds, sloths and so much more. Sunset over the Nicoya peninsula was beautiful.

The knowledge of the local guides to find amazing wildlife while trying not to disturb anything really made this tour operator stand out. We were taken to places where locals knew things were and I was so impressed how everyone wants to ensure that nature is allowed to continue just as it should be and be protected. I learnt so much from the Costa Rican team.

If you’re considering this tour or Costa Rica, don’t hesitate!!!” Janet Stocks – Costa Rica Birding & Birdwatching Central America Oct 2016.

  • Experience of the tour = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to conservation = 5/5
  • Tour’s contribution to local communities = 5/5
  • The education the tour = 5/5

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Contact

Tour Operator | Costa Rica Birding & Birdwatching Central America
Contact Name |  Serge Arias
Contact Email | [email protected]
Website | http://www.birdwatchingincostarica.com/

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